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Lux Hacks: be safe, be seen in the dark



The nights will get darker even earlier in Luxembourg once the clocks go back for winter on 29 October Pexels

The nights will get darker even earlier in Luxembourg once the clocks go back for winter on 29 October Pexels

The nights will get darker even earlier in Luxembourg once the clocks go back for winter on 29 October.

That means the risk of being involved in an accident rises sharply. According to an infrastructure ministry press release published on 19 October, 65% of vehicle-pedestrian accidents from 2011 to 2015 occurred at night. Last year 8 pedestrians were killed on Luxembourg’s roads.

Whatever your means of transport, the government has issued the following advice for road users to be safe and be seen this winter season as part of its “Gitt Siichtbar” (be visible) campaign.

Pedestrians

When out walking, remember to wear light-reflective clothing, reflective armbands or bests and/or other reflective gadgets and accessories which can be seen by motorists a long way off.

If walking on a country road, be sure to walk facing the direction of the traffic and wear a fluorescent security vest (the kind you have to carry by law in a car).

Be aware of the speed of approaching vehicles and check they have seen you.

If out walking the dog or other pet, remember to attach a reflective collar to the animal.

Joggers

Remember to wear reflective arm bands and reflective clothing.

If running outside of a built-up area, it is compulsory to wear a reflective vest.

Drivers

It may sound silly, but put your lights on.

Give plenty of advance warning by indicating before a manoeuvre.

Adapt your speed to the weather and light conditions.

Ensure your windows and the lights on your vehicle are clean. In winter, for example, remove any ice or frost that may obscure vision or light.

Take into account that pedestrians may make mistakes, for example at crossings and drive with caution.

Click here to find out more about when the clocks go back and how this could impact your day.